Tuesday, April 16, 2024
The Suitcase Kid

The Suitcase Kid

by Mark Warner
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When my parents split up they didn’t know what to do with me…

My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me – and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum’s new family, one week with Dad’s. It’s as easy as A B C. That’s what everyone says. But all I want is to go home – back to Mulberry Cottage…

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Each chapter in the story is named after a different letter of the alphabet. Could you plan and write a story using a similar technique?
  • Carry out some role-play activities to find out how the characters are feeling at different points in the story.
  • Andy goes back to reading books from when she was younger. What types of books did you like to read when you were younger?
  • Andy wants to choose a name for her baby sister. Think of a list of possible names. Can you find out the meanings of these names? What does your name mean?
  • Andy learns about haikus in her English lessons. Can you write a haiku?
  • Read the play edition of the book. Could you rehearse and perform it for an audience?
  • Watch this preview of the theatre production and interview with the author. Can you think of other questions that you would like to ask her?


  • Andy gets ill in part of the story. Can you think of ways that people can keep themselves healthy?


  • Design a new cover for the book using different types of software.

Design Technology

  • Radish likes to play in the bathroom. Design a leisure centre / water park for her to play in.
  • Can you design and build a tree-house for Radish to play in?
  • Look at this set of Top Trumps cards, based on the characters in Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Could you make your own cards based on your favourite book characters?


  • Andy called Radish the toy rabbit her ‘mascot’. Look at mascots that there are for different people / countries / teams / events. Can you design a mascot for your class / school / team?
  • Draw a picture of the different houses where Andy has to live. How are they similar? How are they different?
  • Draw some pictures which show family photographs from different times in Andy’s life.


  • The book cover shows a map of streets in Andy’s local area. Could you draw a map showing where you live?
  • Andy has to get the bus to go from school to home. What types of public transport are there in your area?
  • Andy would love to live at Mulberry Cottage again. Where would your dream home be?


  • Katie has a ‘Watch with Mother’ video that has a little clown puppet called Andy Pandy. Can you find out about toys / TV shows from the past. How are they similar to things today?
  • Make a family tree to show the members of Andy’s extended family. Can you make a family tree for your own family?


  • Andy likes to hold her toy rabbit Radish when she is feeling funny. Do you have any items / toys that are special to you?
  • Andy’s mum and dad argue at the start of the story. How do people feel when they argue? How does it make those around them feel? How can we help to resolve arguments?
  • Andy says lots of mean things to Carrie. Why is this? What could she do to apologise?
  • Katie is scared of going to sleep. What things are you scared of? How could you try to overcome this?
  • One of the chapters includes lots of questions that Andy is asked. What kind of questions do you think she might like to ask other people at this point?


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